Sunday, December 31, 2017

Die Cutting Magic, The New Ebook

Die-Cutting Magic, the new ebook by Sizzix Designer Eileen Hull and creative friends, has just been released! It is jam packed with beautiful photos of 100+ inspirational projects using Sizzix diesLearn how Eileen's versatile dies can be used to make 3D home decor pieces, gift wrap, mini-albums, stitching, layouts, 3D flowers, mixed media project, favors, and party accessories- there's something here for everyone! 

Die-Cutting Magic

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Come Clean 2016 - February was Flowers!

Hi, all, Darcie here. We had so much fun last weekend at our Ustream show making things with flowers. Here are some pictures of our projects:

Journal Toppers:

Use your card stock and flowers, dies and ephemera and make what we are calling Journal Toppers. They are self-contained, you can make them ahead and add to a journal cover, mini-album or even a card. They make a great gift, too!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Scrappy Camper Sisters Come Clean July Premium Project

Welcome and Happy 4th of July! This holiday holds special memories of my childhood. We grew up in small rural towns and that meant town parades, picnics and small time firework displays put on by our local fire department, family get togethers and of course barbecue. We had specific things that our family would have for these delicious cookouts. My mom's famous potato salad, butter sugar corn, fresh picked tomatoes right out of our very own garden and dad always grilled up something whether it be a hamburger or hot dog it always tasted better on the grill.

When my grandmother on my dad's side would come, she would spend hours with us little ones making fresh homemade pies and ice cream you would have to churn by hand with rock salt. It took all day and your arms would be tired but it was the best vanilla ice cream you could ever imagine!

This month's challenge was dealing with getting our dies under control. Either use it or lose it. I have had this Eileen Hull for Sizzix die for two years and have just now broken it out of the box. I had this project in mind so with this month's challenge I thought "Perfect!".
The die is called Index Card Folder

You want to gather some supplies:
Ink (I am going with the red white and blue theme but you could do this for any theme ie. Baby shower, bridal, house warming)
Recipe cards printed out or find some cute vintage ones
A ball chain for fastening the cards together
Any kind of ephemera to decorate front
Family BBQ pictures if you have them.
Cut one out of Sizzix Mat board and 2 out of decorative paper. After folding on score lines, line all sides with pattern paper. I used this patriotic themed paper by Melissa Frances.
I took cardstock and cut out enough for the recipes I was using and I also printed out some family photos I had to put on the backsides of the index sized cards.

I cut out 3x5 inch cards to intermingle with recipe cards to make this more of a momento. Punch a hole and set an eyelet in the upper right hand corner of each card. I want to thread these on a chain and then onto the index card folder so I can take the recipe I want to use off and keep the integrity of the book.

As a closure I tied ribbon and trim around an ouchless hairband, which is the perfect size for this little mini booklet. Add a few charms and you have such a cute closure.

A bingo chip, fair food ticket and other ephemera adorn the front.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and remembers the cost of our freedom as we celebrating the land of the free. If you around on Saturday July 2nd in the morning we will be streaming another project that will tie in with this month's theme of Use it or Lose it "Dies". Join us 10 a.m. EST on our Ustream channel HERE

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Come Clean 2016 Challenge CARD STOCK

Hello and greetings from under a pile of card stock! Yes, card stock. This month our challenge is to organize our card stock. Back in the day when I first started scrapbooking, around 1997 or so, there wasn't much out there for supplies. Not a whole lot of printed paper anyway. I was first introduced to Creative Memories so of course I had to have it all, you never knew if you were going to be able to get it again. Then Bazzill came on the scene and smooth carstock wasn't good enough you had to admire the the texture of Bazzill. Shortly after Bazzill started designing colors around the patterned paper that was emerging by all the scrapbook companies that were out there in the the 2000's. By the year 2002 there were kit clubs and the kits were full of card stock, to match the kit of course!
Then Ebay, oh Ebay (le sigh) You mean you can actually buy card stock in bulk? It was all a downward spiral of collecting just the right shade! One was too light, too dark, too yellow or now most of you reading this can all agree these might be some of the reasons your card stock supply grew.

Organizing card stock is so BORING!!! It is not exciting to look at, touch or even deal with, so I have to pump the jams when I tackle it, LOL. I organize by color now. I used to organize by size, texture and color but now I realized that if I want green I am just going to grab for green. The Cropper Hopper 12x12 upright storage boxes really are handy. They look like the old magazine storage boxes but they are clear and bigger. There are many Youtube videos out there for making your own out of large cereal boxes if you cannot afford or cannot access the ones by Cropper Hopper. I used to have a rolling file cart where I would hang my paper but I slowly outgrew it years ago and it went into a garage sale probably.

Kit bags that I have not used I left the card stock intact with the kit and labeled the bag for what project I want to use it for. My planner obsession is really eating away at my cardstock because I have been making tons of cute paper clips on the Cricut, oh and cutting out shapes as faux-phemera for Project Life and Pocket Letters. I have been cutting out numbers for my Listersgottalist books too.

Make a list of ways you can use up your card stock. Hopefully some of the ideas I have listed will get you started.

There are a few things I want to accomplish this year, one of which is to finish up on some online classes that I started or paid for and never took or finished. Online card classes over at is one of them. This month I want to get organized so that when it is too hot to go outside this summer I will come in and cool off and make a few cards.
To assist in organizing for the class I am using a vintage bill holder to create a card station. I had an antique toast holder but I can't seem to find it but I wanted you to know that will work also for this project.
 The project can be found on our Ustream Channel link HERE

began researching card sizes and started cutting down odds and end sized card stock I had for matting and card backs. I also cut down some in bookmark size and Project Life card sizes.

I put a few envelopes that I will want to stamp to coordinate with my card in the bill holder and I found a brass stamp roll holder at a thrift store so they will be conveniently near by. My address book and a tray to corral it all in complete the station. Cute huh?

So go ahead, don't feel overwhelmed by the stacks you might have let's come clean and use it or lose it!!

Join us on Saturday, May 7th at 10 a.m. on our Ustream channel

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Come Clean 2016 April Premium Project

Hi to everyone from me, Darcie! Last month, Johnna's computer battery died and basically shut down the whole laptop so she wasn't able to broadcast. It turns out there was a recall on that machine due to the battery, so her laptop still doesn't work.  We will catch up on that show, probably later next month. In the meantime, we are marching on with this month's subject: Paint and Media, as in liquid/jar media. The bonus project named in the Come Clean 2016 workbook is called a Paint/Media Game Spinner and here is how to make it:

Supplies you will need:
1 8"x 8" piece of chipboard or a book for the backing
2 12 x 12" pieces of patterned paper
Printable of spinner parts - download HERE (print it landscape)
1 medium brad
1 medium clip
1 game spinner (Tim Holtz makes them or you can order from Amazon)
Duct tape, gaffer's tape or other fabric tape
1 large eyelet
Charms and ribbon

I found this children's book when I was clearing out my stash of collage goodies. I am so glad to have a use for the cover! So, here are instructions for using a book:

1. Cut the pages out of a used book. Remember, these books end up in the landfill if they don't sell in the thrift store, so don't feel badly about repurposing them.
2. Print the game spinner and cut the pieces out. Color to coordinate with your book and patterned paper..

3. Assemble the spinner: punch a hole in the center of the spinner. An awl or "pokey tool" will work just fine.
4. Glue a chipboard "washer" to the center of the spinner.
5. Adhere the spinner down to your patterned paper. Punch a hole in the center through the paper.
6. Write the categories of art supplies you own in each concentric circle, following the prompts in the top triangle of the spinner.

7. Attach the game spinner with a brad. Make sure it spins freely. If not, loosen the hole or the brad slightly.
8. Attach the game spinner to the left side of the book.
9. Attach patterned paper to the right side of the book.
10. Place a strip of tape down the center of the book to reinforce the binding,
11. Cover a clip with matching paper and attach to the top right side of the book. Add paper for documenting your "experiments" with the game spinner.

12. Place an eyelet at the top outside of the binding and add ribbons and a charm. It will look pretty standing on a shelf in your studio. You are done!

We will be using this on our show Saturday, April 9 on Ustream at 10:00 am EDT ScrappyCamperSisters.. Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Bonus Project for March ScrappyCamperSisters Come Clean 2016

This month we are tackling ephemera. It could be vintage or what my sister so lovingly calls fauxphemra. As crafters and artists we all have it and mine I noticed has crept into other rooms! I love finding a box of unwanted letters from the 1800's or old menus, the smell, the language, the beautiful old handwriting, so lovely.

This project deals with postage stamps. Here are a few items you will need to make what I will call the Happy Mail Frame.

  • 1 frame old or new any size (I used a 8x10 in frame)
  • Cork sheet (I found mine at Michael's craft store $5.99 a roll on sale and it's adhesive backed)
  • Modpodge 
  • A clip of some sort (I pryed mine off a cheap clipboard)
  • Beacon Quick Dry glue or E6000 something strong to adhere the clip
  • Scissors 
  • Postage Stamps (mine came from actual happy mail I recieved)
First disassemble frame. Use glass to trace cork then discard glass.
Modpodge stamps on frame first adhere it to frame then coat it with a top coat of Modpodge.

Assemble frame putting cork in and glue a clip toward the top. This will allow you to use clip for hanging a piece of art a friend may have sent. You can also make one and send a piece of your own artwork on the clip to a friend as a gift. 
This can be done using any ephemera. Try sheet music, book paper, old maps, letters, buttons and coins, it's a great way to use up all those little things sitting in a drawer or box.

I hope you are joining us over on our Facebook page ScrappyCamperSisters Come Clean 2016 Group page, for more challenges, ideas and sharing the process. 

Due to technical difficulties I am sad to say we will not be streaming Saturday, March 5th. We will announce when we will be streaming the March project. 

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Store found objects in old cigar boxes 

Postage Stamps

Old ledger paper, book paper, letters

Store larger items in a file cabinet

Before sorting, I had just kept throwing things in drawers, now I put big items in filing cabinets, smaller items in old cigar boxes that are labeled

Have a great weekend! 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Come Clean 2016 February Bonus Project - Journal Toppers

Hi, all, this is Darcie. This month we focused on decluttering, storing and using our FLOWERS. One way to use your flowers and other embellishments is to make what I call journal toppers. They are layered, self-contained goodies with die cuts, images and embellishments that you make ahead and then use on top of journal covers, cards, gift boxes, anything as the need comes up. They are great for gifts too! To make, follow these steps:

1. Make some die cuts in various sizes and colors. You can also use punches to make borders.

2. Gather some images to place in the center. The one below is from a vintage book but you can stamp images or use photos or ephemera as well. 

3.  From the base up, layer your designs, die cuts and images and attach with glue. Glossy Accents or Scotch Quick Dry in a fine tip bottle work well. 

4. Add flowers, embellishments, pearls, sequins, lace and other items from your stash to make it look pretty and dimensional. And you're done!

Make sure to join our Scrappy Camper Sisters' Come Clean 2016 Facebook group where we are working on destashing an item from our craft space every month and showing you how to use what you've got. Also, you can watch us on Ustream the first Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. EST for paper crafting, altered items and mixed media projects. See you there!